LOUIS AGASSIZ - CHECK ENDORSED 01/16/1873 CO-SIGNED BY: JAMES R. OSGOOD - HFSID 285106
LOUIS AGASSIZ and JAMES R. OSGOOD
Osgood wrote this $260 check, and Louis Agassiz endorsed it, in 1873, the
year he died. Osgood's firm had published, and would soon re-issue, Agassiz'
Check signed and endorsed: "James R. Osgood" (signer), "L. Agassiz"
(endorsement), 7x3. Boston, Massachusetts, 1873 January 16. Check #
1864, drawn on the account of James R. Osgood & Co., payable to Prof. Louis
Agassiz for $260.56. Born in French-speaking Switzerland and educated at
European universities, LOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873) accepted a
Professorship at Harvard (1848) and spent the rest of his life promoting
American science. He made highly influential studies of fossil fish and
glaciers, coining the term "Ice Age" to describe an ancient era of
extensive glaciation. Although his fossil studies were used by others to
support Darwin's Theory of Evolution, Agassiz never accepted that doctrine.
He espoused catastrophism, believing that new species emerged after
such upheavals, and defined a species as "a thought of God". Agassiz died on
December 12, 1873, less than a year after signing this check. JAMES R.
OSGOOD took over the prestigious Boston publishing firm of Ticknor and
Fields in the late 1870s, arranging subsequent mergers which turned it
into the publishing powerhouse Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (1880). Osgood
published many distinguished authors, including several works by his personal
friend Samuel Clemens, and also published the Atlantic Monthly. He
published the first edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, but
declined to re-issue it after Boston's district attorney threatened legal action
against it. The first edition of Geological Sketches, by Louis Agassiz,
was published by Ticknor and Fields in 1866 and re-issued by what was now
Osgood's company in 1876. Osgood's check may have been a royalty payment, or an
advance on revisions of the work. Stained and worn at edges. Lightly
soiled. Paper residue (previous mounting) on verso. Round processing hole at
center section. Lower right corner missing.
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